HC Deb 26 June 1907 vol 176 cc1383-4

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can now make a definite statement as to the abolition of the legal status of slavery on the Zanzibar slip; and whether he will state why it is necessary to spend so large a sum as £40,000 to attain that object.


The Report referred to in the Answer which I gave to the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean on the 5th of June†has arrived this morning, and I hope to be able in a few days to make a definite statement. The sum of £40,000 is the amount which it is estimated will be required as compensation to owners of slaves for loss occasioned by their emancipation.